The UPS Store Opens for Business in Canada

Date: OCT 3rd, 2005

Topic: Franchise News

Oakville, ON, October 3, 2005 – Monday, October 3, is first official day of business in Canada for The UPS Store®, formerly Mail Boxes Etc.®, and marks the launch of a national marketing campaign to support one of the biggest re-brands in the Canadian courier and business services sector. Effective today, more than 260 business services retailers across Canada begin operating as The UPS Store. An all encompassing marketing program begins today with television advertising. The TV campaign will be complemented with radio advertising for the holiday season, public relations activities and a host of in-store promotions. “The UPS Store provides a unique business opportunity to our franchisees,” explains Ralph Askar, president of MBE Canada. “Our business network and UPS share a commitment to customer relationships, reliability, and state-of-the-art business solutions. The re-brand will allow us to showcase our services, through the highly recognized UPS brand.” In a recent survey of over 250 small business owners and managers conducted by Outlook Research Consultants, more than 75% of respondents said the concept of one-stop-shop was important to them when selecting a partner for outsourcing business services. “The UPS Store is the only true one-stop-shop in the retail business services landscape in Canada and we are proud to bring the UPS brand and everything it embodies to these established storefronts,” says Glenn Rice, President, UPS Canada. Together, we achieve greater marketing reach and a smart competitive advantage.” About The UPS Store The UPS Store is now Canada’s largest franchise chain of business and communication stores in Canada, offering such services as worldwide courier, WiFi, packing and shipping, digital printing, colour copies, graphic design, mailbox services with 24 hour access, mail forwarding, package/mail and fax receiving, and mail fulfillment. Canadian The UPS Store operations, and Mail Boxes Etc. operations, are owned and managed by Oakville, Ontario- based MBEC Communications and licensed franchisees. The UPS Store opens for business in Canada The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. names are used in Canada under a master license by Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS company that franchises The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. retail locations. The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations together comprise the world’s largest franchise network of retail shipping, postal and business service stores, with more than 5,500 locations around the world.